Dean and James U.K.
Dean + James are a London based artistic collaboration between Dean Fox and James Rawson, whose work combines contemporary techniques with fine art traditions and a minimalist approach. Dean + James refer to their artwork as 'elemental', breathing new life into dead matter. Integral to their practice is the use the oldest known medium in the world, raw charcoal; marks and traces of which signify their meditation with the past and fascination about what the future may bring.
The art of Dean + James exists within a frisson of duality by focusing on time and spirituality, light and dark, beauty and the abhorrent, objectivity and emptiness. The first collaboration made between the artists, Samsara, represents the cyclical nature of life and death.
The artistic duo split their skills equally to create a finished work of art, with Dean Fox painting the composition and figures within a scene while James Rawson produces fields of charcoal abstraction. Dean + James' finely rendered paintings take their form from devotional paintings and the grand narrative paintings of the past, drawing from a committed knowledge of the European tradition of art. Motifs and subjects within their work recall signifiers of classical mythology, which is then juxtaposed by a distinct sense of contemporary minimalism and field of charcoal abstraction.
With the appropriation of found imagery overlayed with sculptural matter, the artist's create scenes that are deliberately abstracted and distorted and made dense by the amorphous form of charcoal, a substance that leaves only a burnt and brittle trace of wood, bone, and organic matter. Such a material evokes the fragile nature of history, ideas that stoke the flames of culture, the tinder of memory and impermanence. At the heart of Dean + James' work is an engagement with the art of the past, present, and future. It forms a long artistic dialogue that creates an audacious response to our cultural history by questioning the reality in the image in the digital age.
Dean and JamesGrace [after Josepe de Ribera], 2018-ongoingUnique archival print on board with charcoal embellishments128 x 48 cmEdition of 10
Dean and JamesA Window of Opportunity, 2018Oil and charcoal on birch panel157 x 145.5 cm
Dean and JamesAbandon Faith, 2018Archival print on board with charcoal embellishments
120 x 48 cm
47 1/4 x 18 7/8 inEdition of 10
Dean and JamesFacing Reality, 2018Oil and charcoal on birch panel182 x 158 cm
Dean and JamesFight or Flight, 2018Unique archival print on board with charcoal embellishments74 x 65 cmEdition of 5
Dean and JamesThe Long Road, 2018Unique archival print on board with charcoal embellishments87 x 93 cmEdition of 10
Nocturne8 - 31 May 2019Dellasposa Gallery presents the exhibition Nocturne, an ensemble of artworks about the ethereal nature of life in the hours of darkness - explored through the movement of the contemporary artists Nicholas Hughes, Dean and James, and Guy Haddon Grant.
The exhibition offers a new conceptual perspective on the Nocturne. The representation of light is a defining feature in the exhibition - not only are the works of art concerned with the transformative quality of the night, they traverse the elements of visual notations and movement, treated akin to musical composition.
In these pieces, the artists convey a sense of beauty and tranquillity with nature is a score realised through the process of observation and act of creation. The qualities of these moments - the sense of grace, momentary movement and repose - and their artistic rumination often turn to a more complex impression. Some of the pieces bring to light hidden depths of one's consciousness; for what is done in the dark, must come to light. For all the artists, the visual sensations of art are in symbiosis with the classical renditions of a nocturne - rhythm, harmony, accent, graphic chromatic counterpoints, and cadence - are employed here for expressive purpose.